Steelworkers are known for their political savvy and impressive organizing around political and economic issues.
This week's Good Jobs Green Jobs conference in Washington DC is the embodiment of a continually developing and powerful coalition in action.
Unemployed people lucky enough to find new jobs are making less than they did before and almost 40 percent took a 20 percent cut in pay.
Last week the United Steelworkers union (USW) announced important agreements with two Chinese clean energy companies.
A Green Technician training partnership between an electrical contractors group and IBEW Local 481 helped capture "millions of dollars worth of labor" for the union's members.
The Steelworkers union and the American Wind Energy Association have agreed to work together to develop the wind power industry - with U.S. workers in U.S. factories.
CLEVELAND - At a town hall meeting on "Creating Green Jobs," AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka called for massive federal investment in clean energy industry and technology.
DETROIT - Two years after a paper mill shut down in Kimberly, Wis., 70 percent of the workers are still unemployed, commented Michael Bolton, from the Steelworkers.
AFL-CIO is joining the National Labor College and the Princeton Review to launch an online College for Working Families.
Despite a depressed economy, Joliet, Ill., ironworker Ken Kobus is optimistic.